Department Highlights

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Human Sciences at Tennessee State University is to prepare students for leadership roles in the field of Family and Consumer   Sciences that empower individuals, strengthen  families,  and enable communities through education, outreach (extension), and discovery (research).  

The purpose of the  Family and Consumer Sciences  undergraduate program in the Department of Human Sciences is to provide both a liberal and specialized education in which the interests and well-being of individuals, family members, and consumers are significant.    The unifying focus is on an integrative approach to relationships among individuals, families, communities, and the environments in which they function.    The program seeks to empower individuals, strengthen families, and enable communities to thrive.

The following data contains information on licensing/credentialing, enrollment, retention, and graduation rates.

Licensing & Credentialing

The Department of Human Sciences has a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Since 2015, undergraduate students completing Dietetic Internships had a 100% passing rate on the Registration Dietitian Exam. 

In the last 5 years, 67% of students who applied were accepted to a Dietetic Internship, which is higher than the national average (54%).

Enrollment

The following tables are five-year enrollment data for the Department of Human Sciences’ current undergraduate concentrations and Early Childhood Education undergraduate degree program (all data from TSU Office of Institutional Research):

Human Sciences 

 

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

Human Sciences (undeclared)

42

27

16

28

21

Child Development and Family Studies

42

47

61

63

53

Fashion Merchandising

32

38

30

24

31

Food Service Management

1

2

2

1

0

Foods and Nutrition/Dietetics

42

27

16

28

21

TOTAL

159

141

125

144

126

 

RETENTION*

Over the past 5 academic years (2014-2019) the overall retention rate for the undergraduate Human Sciences concentration is 68.7%.

Year

Retention Rate

2014-2015

63.3%

2015-2016

73.4%

2016-2017

68.2%

2017-2018

68.4%

2018-2019

70.8%

Five Year Totals

68.7%

*All data from TSU Office of Institutional Research.

 GRADUATES

 

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

Human Sciences (undeclared)

2

2

2

0

0

Child Development and Family Studies

12

17

14

26

22

Fashion Merchandising

2

6

5

2

5

Food Service Management

1

0

1

1

0

Foods and Nutrition/Dietetics

4

4

4

5

6

TOTAL

21

29

26

34

33

 

YEARS TO GRADUATION 2009-2013*

Year

Total Number of Graduates

2014-2015

35

2015-2016

24

2016-2017

27

2017-2018

31

2018-2019

36

5 Year Composite

153

*All data from TSU Office of Institutional Research.

 

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